Visitors sweep T20I series after comfortable 31-run defeat of Bangladesh in second game
Opting to bat, South Africa lost its way after an opening stand of 95 between Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers, but a late blitz from Rilee Rossow and David Miller took it to 169 for 4. In reply, with South Africa's spinners striking in tandem, Bangladesh was bowled out for 138 in 19.2 overs.
Faf du Plessis mixed his bowlers up from the outset, with Kyle Abbott and JP Duminy opening the bowling, but Bangladesh's batsmen negated the attack effectively to get off to a steady start. Tamim Iqbal, however, fell just before the end of the Power Play – one in which Bangladesh had scored 46 runs. Soumya Sarkar counterattacked and made his intentions clear as he smacked Wayne Parnell for a six the next ball.
Leie then struck in his first over in international cricket having Sarkar stumped off a beauty for a 21-ball 37, conceding only three runs in that over. South Africa's spinners thereafter operated in sync to curb the flow of runs.
Phangiso joined the party and struck straightaway with his first ball in the 11th over to dismiss Shakib Al Hasan, Rossouw took a well-judged catch at the boundary. Leie bettered that in his second over by picking up wickets off consecutive deliveries to send Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman back to the shed with Bangladesh at 82 for 5.
After Phangiso accounted for Nasir Hossain and Litton Das in successive overs, Mashrafe Mortaza took on the bowlers and struck two sixes before Abbott returned to wrap up the innings with three wickets in his last two overs. Rony Talukdar, the debutant, scored 21.
Leie had a fairy tale debut, returning figures of 3 for 16 in three overs, and was named the Man of the Match.
Earlier in the day, the proceedings were similar to the first T20I wherein, bowling first bowl, Bangladesh opened with the spin of Arafat Sunny and Nasir. However, the difference came in the form of a a solid stand from South Africa's opening pair that added 51 runs at the end of the Power Play.
While de Villiers played second fiddle, de Kock took on the role of the aggressor, hitting two sixes off Mortaza and racing to a 31-ball 44 before Arafat got the breakthrough, ending the 95-run stand.
The dismissal incited a flurry of wickets, bringing Bangladesh right back into the game. Nasir’s double strike in the following over to account for de Villiers and Duminy off successive balls had South Africa on the back foot.
The momentum swung towards Bangladesh with du Plessis and Miller approaching the innings cautiously. But after du Plessis was dismissed in the 18th over with 136 on the board, Rossouw’s 6-ball 19 and Miller’s unbeaten 30 ensured South Africa had enough runs on the board to defend after picking up 33 runs in the last two overs.
The first One-Day International between the two sides will be played on July 10 at the same venue.
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